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Hi, I am Sarah

Like many imaginative kids, I drew endlessly. Horses, unicorns, cartoons, and fairy tale illustrations were subjects in heavy rotation. My family always had pets and they were my best friends. This early connection to animals, combined with my love of playing with color and creating visual stories continued well beyond childhood. The introductory art classes I took in high school fed me but weren’t enough to keep me satisfied. I knew I had to pursue art; it’s who I am! I completed a degree in fine arts at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. I’ve been inspired to create professionally for 20+ years and still counting.

I currently live and work in Vieques, P.R. and would love for you to visit Painted Paw Studio if you're in the area! Please search Google Maps for easy directions and business hours.

I'm Grateful

“I can’t believe how accurately she painted our puppy - it looks exactly like her! My new favorite thing on our wall 10/10 would recommend."

Samantha Olivarez

"Sarah painted a beautiful picture for me to give as a gift. The picture was done very quickly and exceeded my expectations. Thank you Sarah!"

Beth Cawton

"Sarah's class was awesome! I had never painted anything and I was so nervous going into the class. However, Sarah made everything so easy. I loved every minute of class. I can't wait to go back!"

Mary Katherine Rooker

“I commissioned Sarah to do a watercolor painting of our pet Kit Kat that we recently lost to cancer.  Not only did she do a fantastic job of capturing Kit Kat's spirit but she also went out of her way to accommodate the timeframe that I asked for it to be completed (wanted to give it to my wife for Valentine's Day).  Sarah is a very talented artist and Painted Paw Studio comes highly recommended.

Thank You again Sarah” 

Scott Mullendore

“Sarah is so talented. I've ordered several portraits and sketches have been impressed with each one. She captures eyes really well and seems to bring their personality and soul into the painting. I've received a portrait as a gift and it was very meaningful. Her other work, like her house paintings are great too. She seems to capture feelings in all of her work.”

Kelly Tipler

“I took one of Sarah’s classes as a fundraiser and had THE best time. She’s extremely talented so you trust her right away. And then she’s helpful and patient! She guides you through how to achieve a beautiful memory!”

Heather Hunter

“I ordered a painted ornament of our kitty we lost a year ago, as well as a sketch of my son’s girlfriend’s pup that she lost a few months ago. They are both amazing! The spirits of both our babies were captured so perfectly, we will cherish these forever.  If you’re ever in search of a thoughtful, beautiful, and handcrafted gift for someone that loves their furbabies, this is it! Thank you, Sarah!”

Ashley Gonzalez

“A friend and I took one of Sarah’s classes and we went home with paintings of our pups that we will treasure!  Sarah is a great instructor and I would not have painted such a lovely portrait of my girl. I will be back with my kids to paint portraits of our grandpups!”

Juli Gallup

“I had Sarah paint a picture of my two dogs as a present. The work was exceptional. She kept me in the loop from the drawing and painting stage and the turn around was quick! Cannot praise her enough!”

Michelle Mountes

“Sarah painted two ornaments of my sister-in-law’s dogs and they turned out so cute! She responded quickly to my inquiry, and created such a beautiful and unique gift. My sister-in-law LOVED them!”

Amanda Fluery

“Absolutely amazing experience with Sarah! She did a beautiful memorial portrait of my in-laws sweet lab who they just lost. It perfectly captured his sweet face and calm, gentle nature. I could not have been happier and husband’s parents can’t stop talking about how stunning it is. She was responsive and so easy to work with. I feel certain we have more pet portraits in our future.”

Ashley Leaphart

“I had a great time at the paint your pet session I went to hosted by Sarah with Painted Paw Studio. I came with some people I volunteer with and we all had a great time. Sarah was well prepared and very informative. She made sure we all had a relaxed good time, and we got to walk away with the paintings we made of our creatures to boot!”

Jonathan Burba

“Sarah did such an incredible job creating an acrylic portrait of our pup. It is absolutely amazing how lifelike the portrait turned out. You can tell the attention to detail that she put into the work. I would 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a great pet portrait!”

Zack Sandusky